MERSING, 11 September: Mersing Harbour Centre, a RM12 million business hub for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), was officially opened yesterday by the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar in conjunction with the Kembara Mahkota Johor 2017.
The centre will house 50 SMEs including participants of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) Empower Programme.
It will also be equipped with a car park, tourist information counter, exhibition hall, surau, children playground and other amenities for the convenience of tourists and locals.
The project was undertaken by ECERDC in collaboration with the state government in January 2016 to upgrade the socio-economic status of the people especially those under the B40 category, said CEO Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John.
B40 refers to those earning a salary of RM3,855 and below.
Statistics compiled by ECERDC revealed that Mersing, the only district in Johor that participated in the ECER, had drawn private sector investments, worth RM1.61 billion, as of July, and created job opportunities for 1,710 locals.
— THE SUN